WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump opened the door to an increase in U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan on Monday night as part of a new strategy for the region, arguing against a hasty withdrawal from America’s longest military conflict. Trump, in a prime-time televised address, said his new approach was aimed at preventing Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for Islamist militants bent on attacking the United States. The Republican president overcame his own doubts about the war that began in October 2001 after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. He said repeatedly on the campaign trail last year that the war was too costly in lives and money. Trump did not say how many U.S. troops would be sent, but Defense Secretary James Mattis has plans on the table to send about 4,000 more to add to the 8,400 deployed in Afghanistan currently.
August 22, 2017 00:29 UTC
Unlike Mr. Obama, who ran for office promising to turn around the war in Afghanistan, Mr. Trump scarcely mentioned it on the campaign trail. Obama on Afghanistan,” Mr. Trump wrote on Jan. 14, 2013. Alarmed, Mr. Mattis and General McMaster intensified their push for Mr. Trump to sign off on a troop increase. The generals kept pushing for more troops, but Mr. Trump insisted on knowing why the other two options were deemed not feasible. On Monday, a few hours before Mr. Trump was to speak, Breitbart published an interview with Mr.
Source:New York Times
August 22, 2017 00:27 UTC
The man who shot and wounded a judge outside a county courthouse before being gunned down by a probation officer was the father of a Steubenville High School football player who was convicted of rape in 2013, authorities said Monday. Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot about 8 a.m. near the courthouse in Steubenville, just across the Ohio River from West Virginia's northern panhandle, about 30 miles west of Pittsburgh. Investigators are still looking for a motive in the shooting and haven't found a connection to the rape case, said Jefferson County prosecutor Jane Hanlin. Courthouse video on Monday shows both the judge and Nathaniel Richmond firing about five times each, said Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla. Bruzzese hears general and domestic relations cases as one of two judges serving in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court.
August 22, 2017 00:22 UTC
The fund, which is aiming to raise $20 million, has also secured investment from billionaire, “Shark Tank” judge and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “I think Nick is smart and understands the space,” wrote Cuban via email, about what it is his first investment in any crypto fund. “[1confirmation] was one of several unique investments that will provide me a chance to learn more.”1confirmation, whose launch was reported Monday by WSJ Pro Venture Capital, is the second venture fund announced in the crypto space. (CNBC earlier reported on a new crypto venture fund, Placeholder Capital, by Union Square Ventures alum Joel Monegro and former ARK Investment Management analyst Chris Burniske.) On the other hand, he said, one of the risks in the crypto space is the distributed nature of the networks.
August 22, 2017 00:11 UTC
The biggest newspaper in the West, the Los Angeles Times, suddenly has a new publisher and a new editor in chief. Levinsohn told CNNMoney that he will try to position the Los Angeles Times for "sustainable, long-term growth." Tronc, previously known as Tribune Publishing, owns nine daily newspapers, and the Los Angeles Times is the biggest one. A lengthy feature article in Los Angeles magazine last year described how the Times newsroom, with Maharaj in charge, "has been overtaken by fear." Dearborn told Maharaj he was fired at a breakfast meeting in Los Angeles on Monday.
August 22, 2017 00:11 UTC
President Trump outlined his new stance to combat terrorism in Afghanistan on Monday night, saying that U.S. troops will continue to stay in the region and that the fight will only become more intense. The WSJ's Gerald F. Seib gives us three takeaways from the speech. Photo: GettyWASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said Monday he would expand the U.S. role in Afghanistan while taking a new approach that is tougher on neighboring Pakistan and doesn’t telegraph American military strategy. In a 30-minute nationally televised speech, Mr. Trump acknowledged that his initial instinct as president had been to pull out of Afghanistan. But, concluding he must bow to realities, he outlined a new South Asia strategy...
Source:Wall Street Journal
August 22, 2017 00:06 UTC
They watched as Kershaw threw a 55-pitch, four-inning simulated game, a final tuneup before he starts a rehabilitation assignment on Saturday with triple-A Oklahoma City. Heading into Monday’s game against the Pirates, the Dodgers were 19-4 since Kershaw landed on the disabled list. Kershaw is scheduled to throw a four-inning, 60-pitch outing with Oklahoma City, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. The team feels Kershaw should ease into the adrenalized atmosphere of a major league game. “You can’t simulate a big league game,” Kershaw said.
August 22, 2017 00:03 UTC
Can en eBay executive help pull Macy’s business out of the doldrums? Next month, Hal Lawton, senior vice president of the online marketplace, will join the department store as president amid a business restructuring aimed at “balancing the art and science of retail” with big data, according to a press statement. The restructuring will result in 100 job cuts at the 800-unit chain, which has been battling ongoing sales declines. With this restructuring, Macy’s is also consolidating its merchandising operations— merchandising, planning and private brands — into a single division led by Jeff Kantor, and organized around five families of business: ready-to-wear, center core, beauty, men's and kid's, and home. The new merchandising structure will be supported by enhanced customer insights and data analytics, which is expanding to include inventory replenishment and pricing capabilities, Macy's said.
August 22, 2017 00:00 UTC
Arpaio “personifies the same bigotry and intolerance we witnessed in Charlottesville,” she added, referencing the recent white supremacist rally in Virginia. There is speculation that Trump could announce a pardon of Arpaio during a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday evening. The president doesn’t have to go through the Justice Department’s process to pardon Arpaio. If Trump were to pardon Arpaio, it would be an overtly political move. Arpaio has said he would accept a pardon if Trump offered one.
August 22, 2017 00:00 UTC
PhotoSANTIAGO, Chile — Chile’s Constitutional Tribunal voted on Monday to legalize abortion under limited circumstances, reinstating a right Chilean women lost 28 years ago in the twilight of the military dictatorship. Congress approved a bill this month allowing abortion when the mother’s life is in danger; when the fetus is unviable; or when the pregnancy is the result of rape. Despite the majority vote in Congress and widespread public support for the bill, right-wing legislators filed two requests for review before the tribunal, claiming the law would violate the constitutional guarantee of “protection of the unborn.”The judges voted six to four to dismiss both requests and uphold the constitutionality of the new law. Approval of the law was a victory for President Michelle Bachelet, whose government championed the bill. “It has been a long battle, fought with the weapons of democracy and dialogue, overcoming barriers and prejudice that in the past impeded hundreds of women from alleviating their suffering.”
Source:New York Times
August 21, 2017 23:48 UTC
Bonnie Tyler’s 80s hit, Total Eclipse of the Heart, had a major comeback due to the 2017 North American eclipse. The 1983 hit song sprang to No. Also, incredibly, this 34 year old song, which led to a Grammy nod for Tyler, even surpassed reggaeton hit Despacito on iTunes. Pandora reported that Tyler saw a 470% increase in artist stations adds and that her hit song saw a 4,136% increase in spins this week alone. Pandora also estimated that Total Eclipse of the Heart is coming in at 146 million spins to date.
August 21, 2017 23:47 UTC
How unstable and divorced from reality is President Trump? We don’t know how to even begin inquiring into a president’s mental health, so we rationalize aberrant behavior as being part of some subtle strategy. Then the next day, Trump went back to blaming “both sides” in what can only be called an angry, red-faced rant. I am not professionally qualified to assess the president’s mental health; psychiatrists and psychologists who have the proper credentials and experience to do so are silenced by ethical rules. It is uncomfortable to talk about the president’s mental health.
August 21, 2017 23:47 UTC
Rome (CNN) A baby was rescued from the ruins of a house after an earthquake hit the Italian island of Ischia in the Gulf of Naples, according to a statement from the Department of Civil Protection. The other, also a woman, was found under the rubble of a house, according to La Republicca newspaper. Rescuers were trying to reach seven people trapped under rubble, including a 7-year-old boy, according to a police official. La Republicca said that the seven were all members of a family who were trapped after the collapse of their home in the town of La Rita. One man, two women and the baby, a 7-month-old named Pasquale have already been rescued.
August 21, 2017 23:40 UTC
Over the weekend, as Alex Wood prepared to make his start in Monday’s 6-5 Dodgers victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, he skipped his bullpen session. In the aftermath of a grueling, 12-inning game that lasted 4 hours 35 minutes, Wood’s condition was the most pressing issue. After being quieted by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole for six innings, the Dodgers erupted in the seventh. The Dodgers have not publicly raised the possibility of placing Bellinger on the 10-day disabled list. The Dodgers plan to activate him from the 10-day disabled list for Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
August 21, 2017 23:38 UTC
Living in California where medical use of marijuana has been legal for years, it was not much trouble to get a doctor's recommendation. Her son attended a physician's lecture on the subject of medical marijuana for older adults and he got some good direction about other ratios to try. There is no doubt that some will think this is a controversial idea, using marijuana for an older person. I like that no one has ever died from using medical marijuana for sleep. There are now 26 states which have legalized marijuana for medical use, with at least 3 more soon to join them.
August 21, 2017 23:37 UTC